Back to the City: Food, Gentrification, and Displacement

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Joshua Sbicca, Alison Alkon, Yuki Kato
Chairs: Joshua Sbicca


Gentrification has changed the nature of many North American cities, upscaling what were once low-income communities of color, displacing long-term residents, and affecting the mosaic of urban experiences. This session will focus on food as a unique prism through which to examine this dynamic process. Exploring food offers a visceral opportunity to move beyond the gentrification literature’s focus on residential displacement to understand how urban development affects the economic, racialized, symbolic, and ecological dimensions of place. It also extends conversations about food systems, race, and food justice by examining them in the context of uneven urban development.

These sessions will focus on three aspects of the connection between food and gentrification. First, they will investigate the ways in which urban growth machines mobilize foodscapes as both a form of development and a set of signals that a city or neighborhood is ripe for large-scale capital investment, creating opportunities for food professionals, entrepreneurs, and activists. Second, they will examine the loss of food spaces due to development, from urban gardens to restaurants, and the consequences these hold for communities’ health, identities and cultural foodways. Lastly, they will investigate attempts to resist gentrification through the development of alternative food systems.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Yuki Kato*, Georgetown University, Pamela Broom*, The Reconciliation Institute, NewCorp, Inc., Sankofa Community Development Corpo, From the Holy Trinity to Microgreens: Gentrification Redefining the Local Foodways 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Charlotte Glennie*, University of California - Davis, Cultivating the Growth Coalition: Advocating for Community Gardens in Seattle 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Nina Martin*, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, From Gritty to Gourmet: Fancy Food and the Redevelopment of Durham, North Carolina 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Justine Lindemann*, Cornell University, Black Agrarianism in Cleveland, Ohio: Alternatives to traditional development 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Analena Hope Hassberg*, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, “Citified Sovereignty”: Spatially Resisting Gentrification in South L.A. 20 2:40 PM

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